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RealtyTrac releases 285-county analysis on where to rent or buy a home

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The debate over whether it's a better idea to rent or buy is as hot as ever, and a recently released analysis by RealtyTrac is slated to finally put the argument to bed -- at least for now. The report focuses on buy-to-rent and buy-or-rent analysis on a three-bedroom residential property. RealtyTrac used data from similar properties in 285 counties for the first five months of 2015. RealtyTrac found that although buying a property to rent out isn't as lucrative as it was in the past -- when the market was bottomed out -- real estate investors are still finding there are benefits to owning rental properties. As more individuals, especially in younger generations, continue to rent in order to save up for a large down payment on a home, buy-to-rent seems like a viable option. In 169 out of 285 counties -- 59 percent of counties -- the purchase of a three-bedroom residential property with the intention to rent was slightly less lucrative than it was a year ago. However, in the...